His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will officially open  Australia’s first pilgrim centre in Rome, Domus Australia.

The opening will take place on Wednesday 19 October with many invited guests travelling from Australia for the special event.

Pope Benedict XVI will enter the beautifully restored St Peter Chanel Chapel where he will be escorted to the new altar by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, for the welcome and papal blessing.

Guests will include Australia’s first resident Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer as well as Cardinals and Senior Clergy

of the Vatican, the Australian Bishops attending the Ad Limina in Rome, Australian Clergy and Religious living, working or studying  in Rome
Australian seminarians in Rome as well as the Italian contractors who helped bring the project to completion and many of the supporters and sponsors who have supported the establishment of the pilgrim centre.

The St Mary’s Cathedral Choir is also travelling to Rome to sing at the opening as well as other events during the week.

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